Fiona Longmuir

Author (she/her)

Hello! I'm Fiona, professional storyteller and general calamity.

Fiona is looking to the side of the camera and laughing. She is holding a stack of Looking for Emily books and wearing a yellow linen dress. She is standing in front of a hawthorn tree covered in frothy white blossom.

About

Fiona Longmuir was born in Paisley, Scotland. Shortly afterwards, she picked up a pencil and never really put it back down. She writes about stubborn, oddball little kids, having had a lot of personal experience in that area.
Fiona's debut novel, Looking for Emily, was published by Nosy Crow in June 2022. Her work has been shortlisted in the Bath Children's Novel Award and the Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize.
Fiona now lives in the Irish countryside with her brilliant partner.
She is represented by Julia Silk at Greyhound Literary.

Books

When twelve-year-old Lily moves to the sleepy seaside town of Edge, she’s sure that nothing exciting is ever going to happen to her again. But when she stumbles upon a secret museum hidden in the middle of town, she realises that there might be more to her new home than meets the eye.The Museum of Emily is filled with the belongings of one seemingly ordinary girl – a girl who, many years ago, disappeared from the town without a trace. With the help of her new friends Sam and Jay, Lily is determined to solve the mystery and find out who Emily was, why she disappeared and who has created the strange, hidden museum.

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The cover of Looking for Emily. Blue, with icons of the sun, some seagulls, a key, a lighthouse, a boat and a compass.

News

A graphic of the waterstones best books of 2022, including Looking for Emily

waterstones best children's books 2022
october 2022

Looking for Emily is named as one of the Waterstones Best Children's Books of 2022.

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Fiona catches up with PJ Coogan on Cork96FM
8th August 2022

Fiona chats to the Opinion Line with PJ Coogan about Looking for Emily, the importance of good teachers, and the sudden, crushing realisation that your parents are whole people with their own lives.

Fiona is pointing to her session on the Costa Coffee Reading Room programme board and grinning

Readers choose their own adventure at carfest north
22nd july 2022

Fiona travels to CarFest North in Chester to lead a group of intrepid young explorers on a choose-your-own-adventure session through Edge.

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Fiona chats to the Big Kids Book Club
22nd june 2022

Fiona tells Marcus at the Big Kids Book Club about the inspiration for Looking for Emily, what she likes best about the seaside and why Drop Dead Fred is the best movie ever. Listeners also have the chance to win a copy of Looking for Emily, click below to find out more!

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Looking for Emily is a Hive bestseller!
21st june 2022

Looking for Emily is one of Hive's bestselling books of the week, in at number fourteen!

Fiona is holding a Dubray poster showing their June favourites: I Am Not A Prince, the Shop of Impossible Ice Creams and Looking for Emily

Looking for Emily is a dubray pick of the month!
june 2022

The fabulous Dubray bookshop picks Looking for Emily as their 9+ book of the month for June.

A screengrab from the the ReadingZone website, showing their most popular books: Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun, the Consequence Girl, Looking for Emily and While the Storm Rages.

Fiona catches up with Readingzone magazine
16th june 2022

Fiona chats with ReadingZone magazine about the inspiration for Looking for Emily, why she's happiest when up to her elbows in dirt and why libraries are the world's greatest invention. Look out for the dog cameo two minutes in!

A photograph of a windswept Fiona perching on a wall with a huge stack of Looking for Emily books beside her. The sea and the old Brighton Pier are visible over her shoulder.

Fiona becomes a book fairy for the day
8th june 2022

Do you believe in book fairies? They've been hiding copies of Looking for Emily all over the UK. And if you're in Brighton, you might stumble on a few hidden by a certain human they took along for the ride...Check out the #TBFEmily tag on Twitter and Instagram and see if you can follow the clues to a copy near you!

A graphic showing Hive's June Book of the Month, Looking for Emily! The book cover is shown on a pale blue starry background.

Looking for Emily is the hive children's book of the month!
June 2022

Hive selects Looking for Emily as their children's book of the month, describing it as "a one-of-a-kind mystery".

Fiona is sitting outside Mount Florida books wearing an embroidered yellow dress, holding a glass of champagne and beaming at the camera. The bookshop window is covered in Looking for Emily decals and posters. Copies of Looking for Emily are visible.

Looking for emily is published!
2nd JUNE 2022

Fun seaside mystery Looking for Emily hits bookshops! Its launch is celebrated at Mount Florida Books, where Fiona's family buy out the bookshop's entire stock of Looking for Emily.(Fiona is very excited again.)

A screengrab from the Bookseller on a polka dotted background, showing the announcement of Fiona's debut novel, Looking for Emily.

Looking for emily is announced!
JUNE 2021

The acquisition of Looking for Emily by Tom Bonnick at Nosy Crow is officially announced in the Bookseller.
(Fiona is very excited.)

Teachers and schools

Homework helper

Some fun facts that might help you if you're discussing me or my books in your class!

  • I was born in Paisley, Scotland in 1991.

  • My birthday is on New Year's Eve and I was just an hour and seven minutes away from being born in a different year!

  • I have lived in lots of different places. I was born in Paisley, went to university in Edinburgh, lived in London for years and now live in the Irish countryside.

  • When I was little, I wanted to be a writer...or an inventor.

  • My favourite things to do (other than reading and writing books) are baking, spending time outside and watching terrible TV shows.

  • My favourite books for adults are My Cousin Rachel, Chocolat and the Secret History.

  • My favourite children's books are Time Stops for No Mouse, Danny Champion of the World and the Pages and Co series.

  • I am terrified of small spaces and spiders (although now that I live in the countryside, I'm working on that one!)

School visits and events

I would be so happy to visit your school and offer a talk, Q&A or workshop! Please read the guidelines below and get in touch via my contact form.

  • I am currently based in Ireland but visit the UK regularly, so am happy to consider school visits in both Ireland and the UK.

  • My books are aimed at young people aged 8-12 but sessions can be tailored, so please do get in touch to discuss your requirements.

  • I do have a day job outside of writing, so the more notice I have of a requested visit, the more likely it is that I'll be able to attend.

  • My fees are set in accordance with guidance from the Society of Authors.

  • A virtual visit - £80/€100

  • An in-person session of up to one hour - £175/€200, plus travel

  • An in-person session of up to three hours - £300/€350, plus travel

  • A full-day in-person session - £400/€450, plus travel

classroom resources and activities

Reading Looking for Emily with your class? Nosy Crow have developed some fun, free activities to spark young imaginations and bring the book to life.

The front cover of Fiona's debut novel Looking for Emily

Events

I am a confident and engaging public speaker, and would be delighted to join your event as a presenter, panellist or chair. I have extensive experience presenting both online and in-person, to audiences ranging from five people to 200+ people.
If you are interested in having me at your event, please complete my contact form or contact Rebecca Mason at Nosy Crow.
If you are a teacher or librarian looking to book a school visit, please refer to the guidelines in my Teachers and Schools page.

A screengrab from the Bookseller on a polka dotted background, showing the announcement of Fiona's debut novel, Looking for Emily.

Upcoming Events

16th and 17th FebruaryPaisley Book FestivalMeet the author: Fiona Longmuir

Past Events

12th NovemberCrafty in CastleblayneyChoose your own adventure with Fiona Longmuir
31st OctoberJericho WritersBuild Your Book for NaNoWriMo
11th OctoberMonaghan LibraryAsk Me Anything, with the Monaghan young writers group
17th SeptemberYouth Libraries GroupFiona Longmuir in conversation with Emily Kenny
22nd JulyCarFest NorthChoose your own adventure with Fiona Longmuir
16th JuneDubray Grafton StreetStorytelling session with Fiona Longmuir
17th JanuaryCornerstones LiteraryEdit Your Novel Open Day

Get in touch!

If you'd like me to visit your school, appear at your event, come on your podcast or answer a general question - I like doing all of those things! Please fill out the form below and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

If you are a young reader, I may not be able to reply to your email for safeguarding reasons but I love getting letters! You can write to me at the address below - and don't forget to include your address so I can write back!Fiona Longmuir
The Crows Nest
14 Baden Place, Crosby Row
SE1 1YW, London
For press/PR requests, please contact Rebecca Mason at Nosy Crow.I am represented by Julia Silk:
Greyhound Literary
49 Greek Street
London W1D 4EG
UK
julia@greyhoundliterary.co.uk
I can almost always be found mooching on Twitter and Instagram.

Thank you

Thanks so much for getting in touch! I'll respond to you as soon as I can.

Press Kit

Key details

Name: Fiona Longmuir
Age: 30
Pronouns: she/her
Nationality: Scottish
Now living in Co Monaghan, Ireland.
Bio
Fiona Longmuir was born in Paisley, Scotland. Shortly afterwards, she picked up a pencil and never really put it back down. She writes about stubborn, oddball little kids, having had a lot of personal experience in that area.
Fiona's debut novel, Looking for Emily, was published by Nosy Crow in June 2022. Her work has been shortlisted in the Bath Children's Novel Award and the Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize.
Fiona now lives in the Irish countryside with her brilliant partner.

Books

Looking for Emily

Publisher: Nosy Crow
Release date: 2nd June 2022
Genre: Middle grade adventure
Buy links: Waterstones, Bookshop.org, Dubray, Amazon
Cover art: Carmi Grau
ISBN: 9781839942754
Length: 272 pages
Tagline: How do you rescue someone who doesn't want to be found?
Short blurb: When twelve-year-old Lily moves to the sleepy seaside town of Edge, she’s sure that nothing exciting is ever going to happen to her again. But when she stumbles upon a secret museum hidden in the middle of town, she realises that there might be more to her new home than meets the eye.
Full blurb: A hugely gripping, fast-paced mystery adventure, with brilliant twists and turns, from a fresh and exciting new voice in children’s books.
When twelve-year-old Lily moves to the sleepy seaside town of Edge, she’s sure that nothing exciting is ever going to happen to her again. But when she stumbles upon a secret museum hidden in the middle of town, she realises that there might be more to her new home than meets the eye.
The Museum of Emily is filled with the belongings of one seemingly ordinary girl – a girl who, many years ago, disappeared from the town without a trace. With the help of her new friends Sam and Jay, Lily is determined to solve the mystery and find out who Emily was, why she disappeared and who has created the strange, hidden museum.
With a one-of-a-kind mystery, a brilliant trio of protagonists, and an action-filled story, Looking for Emily is the unmissable middle grade debut of 2022.

Contacts

Fiona Longmuir Twitter
Fiona Longmuir Instagram
Represented by: Julia Silk, Greyhound Literary
49 Greek Street
London W1D 4EG
UK
julia@greyhoundliterary.co.uk
Press & PR for Looking for Emily: Rebecca Mason, Nosy Crow
press@nosycrow.com